Property owners cut back overgrown vegetation crowding Diamond Head beaches

Published: Oct. 26, 2015 at 10:40 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:04 PM HST
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Image Courtesy: State Department of Land and Natural Resources
Image Courtesy: State Department of Land and Natural Resources

EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A few months ago the state sent letters to Diamond Head shoreline homeowners asking them to cut back overgrown vegetation encroaching onto the public beach.

And they listened.

What was once a jungle of naupaka and beach heliotrope is now an accessible stretch of beach known as Cromwells.

Sam Lemmo, administrator of the state Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands, said in a statement, "The folks at Diamond Head have been good stewards of the beach over the past two years when a state law went into effect that requires beach front landowners to maintain vegetation to keep it from reducing or restricting lateral shoreline access."

The clean-up comes after the popular beach has been the subject of complaints. In the initial round of letters, property owners received specific instructions about what and how much vegetation they needed to cut back.

Property owners are required to show compliance by submitting an "after" photograph to the OCCL. Staff will then verify that the work was accomplished.

Lemmo said, "I think this is a successful approach toward addressing an issue and we will continue enforcing the shoreline vegetation rules."

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